The afternoon I accepted my position, Brother Hank Hammer ended our conversation with, "Welcome home to Marist." In a whirlwind since then, I have heard these same words echoed to college freshmen returning to visit while collecting their yearbooks in November; to all those alumni who joined us for the Time and Eternity and Hall of Fame inductions during the Alumni Reunion in March; and, spoken to recent graduates a few short days after commencement. Dorothy may have said it best with, "There's no place like home" as she returned to blustery Kansas, although I feel all of you, connected to Marist in so many ways, can close your eyes, tap your shoes, and feel the "home" that Marist brings.
That feeling, the memories that were made one, five or 50 years ago, are the connection that we all hope to share and reinforce with our current students – welcoming them to the family. Our Marist family has been doing incredible things; just browse this website. Each of you have continued the mission of St. Marcellin Champagnat and stand proudly connected to your home on 115th and Pulaski.
This year, we hope to further highlight those relationships, identifying the many different and amazing bonds we all have had made by Marist. Our theme, Marist Makes, will take us on a journey across the world showing our impacts of presence, simplicity, family spirit, and love of work all in the way of Mary.
With faith as we continue "making," I want each of you to know that it is only through the generous partnership, support, and investment of alumni, parents, and friends of Marist which fuel our home. Thank you!
Today, Marist High School is the place to be. It is a place where incredible growth and critical thinking are palpable. I invite you all to tap your heels and come back home. Experience the feeling of being back on campus; witness the incredible transformation of Monastery Hall; and share with the Advancement Office the impact Marist has had on your life. Our doors are always open!
In the way of Marcellin,
Executive Director, Advancement
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